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Etno Fabric Blog Tour Dress

The winter season is still holding on for dear life here in rural New York (it snowed earlier this week – uhg!) and my yard is currently a sea of melted snow, dead grass, and general glum. I’ve been desperate for an excuse to do some Spring sewing, and as it turns out, the Etno Fabrics Blog Tour is a pretty good one! Aside from a very welcomed Spring sewing project, I thought a little color might be just the thing to beat the winter blues for good.

…okay A LOT of color!


You’ve seen a version of this dress twice already (here and here), in fact it’s the same self-drafted pattern I made for the Wanderer Fabric Tour in February. I’ve made a few changes to the design since then, and can now officially call it a TNT! I finally have a go-to pattern!! YES!


I changed the original button front to a V-neck and added elastic around the entire waist instead of just elastic shirring at the back. My favorite new edition to this dress though is definitely the little buttons that hold each pocket closed. Eeeeeep! So cute! I’m extremely happy with the fit across the back, neck, and shoulders (areas I’ve struggled to fit in the past) and I have plans to make several more versions of this dress in order to meet my Me Made May goals.


Now, let’s talk about this beautiful fabric! The collection is called Etno and it’s the newest release from Art Gallery Fabrics founding designer: Pat Bravo. A few weeks ago I saw a photo in Pat’s instagram feed asking for 20 bloggers to participate in the Etno Fabrics Blog Tour. I emailed her immediately, hoping I might be chosen as one of the lucky twenty, and (spoiler alert) I was! Thank you, Pat! πŸ™‚


The print I picked is called Contempo Pyramids – Aqua and I’m absolutely in love with the color! Aqua (aka Lucky Lu-Teal, haha!) is easily my favorite color, but I prefer the tones that sway more green than blue. That’s exactly what this color is and I think it really compliments my skin tone well. Not to mention it happens to look pretty fantastic paired with two of my other favorite colors, if I do say so myself.


When Pat sent along the yardage for my dress, she also surprised me with a small cut of Angle Inception – Polar. I had enough to add contrasting pockets/facings and I love the way they look together. Thumbs Up for mixed prints in all the right places! I’ve also been known to slap a button on anywhere and everywhere I possibly can, so of course I had to do that with this dress.


I’m going to sound like a broken record if you’ve read my Wanderer fabric tour post, but Art Gallery Fabrics are something special in the quilt industry. They feel more on par with a crisp cotton poplin for garments. Even sewing with this fabric feels different from other quilting cottons. I had to switch my needle to a finer gauge* in order prevent my machine from knocking and skipping stitches, and I also used a lower heat setting on my iron. Once you make a few small adjustments this fabric is really a dream to work with, and especially to wear!

*for the record my Pfaff Ambition 1.0 behaves best when I use a 90/14 needle on quilt weight cottons but I had to switch down to an 80/12. Makes sense I suppose. Finer fabric, finer needle.


Outfit Details
Headband: made by me
Glasses: Tang c/o Victory Optical
Necklace: a gift from mom
Dress: made by me
Belt and Earrings: Target
Cardigan: J. Crew Outlet
Shoes: Old Navy


I really adore this print, as well as many others in the Etno collection, and I’m so thankful Pat picked me to help promote it. Be sure to check out yesterday’s Etno Fabrics Blog Tour stop on Mint Needle, as well as tomorrow’s stop on Fa Sew La …or if you’d like to see the entire line up of blog stops you can check out Pat’s blog post, here!

I hope you’re not tired of me and fabric blog tours yet because I’ve already agreed to several more as the Spring/Summer months roll on πŸ˜‰ #sorrynotsorry


I’ll leave you with this last photo of Baby Pocket Button because baby pocket buttons are my new favorite thing!

Oh, and in case you didn’t notice, I changed my hair color. Again. …yeah I do that a lot. It’s my not-new favorite thing πŸ˜‰


  • Jennifer Adams

    I love the print and colour of the dress, but I’ve got to say I love it a million times more in combination with the yellow cardigan! What a great spring combo (and he’s me, looking down the barrel of a Southern Hemisphere winter and feeling jealous).

  • Anita Carol Gambrell

    Beautiful dress, new follower! As of tonight! These fabrics are awesome looking in everything I have seen so far in this hop!

  • Kathryn Laposata

    Love your dress, your hair, your glasses! No, I’m not tired of blog hops. I love to follow them.

  • Sharon McConnell

    great dress! I so admire those who can make three dimensional objects (especially something you would actually be seen wearing!).

  • Maja Δ†oriΔ‡

    Oh Lucille…

    Your music player hates me. πŸ™
    It has told me this “Sorry, we’re not available where you are. Leave your email to stay tuned for good news” – and I was quite looking forward to hearing these tunes as I work on my project..

    Oh, well – at least I can tell you: your dress is adorable. Color makes all the difference!


  • This dress is to dye for! Pattern please!! I know you are not keen to pattern making but… You have to release it!!!

  • The colours are awesome!

  • This dress looks wonderful on you! I love the playful fabric! And your new hair color is wonderful!

  • Vicki H

    Love your dress, it’s perfect for spring.

  • trixibelle

    I saw the aqua/yellow combo and my mood instantly went up a notch or three. Such a cheerful outfit for spring!

  • jannapyj

    It’s even better getting to see more details (IG photo on my phone only goes so far). :o) I just looooove the color palette you came up with!!!


  • Evie

    Those pockets are so cute! And I like your hair dark.

  • Janet Tyner

    Like the color and the way you did the pockets!

  • Congratulations! I am so impressed with your dress pattern and this version is just lovely! The colour looks fantastic on you and paired with yellow is a definite hell-yes! in my book πŸ™‚ Love the contrast fabric and teeny buttons. Your new hair colour is great, too. Phyrne is jealous ;P

  • What a charmingly pretty dress and colour palette. It has springtime + happiness written all over it! πŸ™‚

    β™₯ Jessica

  • Ronja Zigler

    I swear you are GLOWING in this photo! You always look nice, but your joy is so clear that I couldn’t help but smile as well.

  • Such a ray of sunshine & color here! Love this dress!!!

  • I love this dress on you especially paired with the yellow cardigan. It’s gorgeous and it screams spring! I ordered a couple of Art Gallery quilting cottons after your Wanderer post, and you’ve got me all excited about them again!

  • Love the contrast pockets; such cute details! And the fit looks so good–bravo!! In other news, I’ve totally stalled on my factory dress. My original stash fabric wasn’t enough, and now I’m thinking the drop waist is gonna be too unflattering on me. Now I’m wondering if I could just extend the bodice to make a loose shift or swing style dress. Are you getting much wear out of yours?

  • Love this so much. Perfect color and cotton is the best for warmer temps too. I just love the texture of cotton after a few washing too. I invite you to share at my Thursday Favorite Things blog hop . Hugs! P.S. Congratulations on being one of the top DIY blogs to follow in 2015

  • Pat Bravo

    Great dress Rochelle, what a pretty summer dress ☺

  • That fabric sounds intriguing and perfect for summer wear! I’m going to have to check it out. And your hair looks great! I’m amazed by the variety of colors you can pull off so well!

  • Alexandra B

    This is a beautiful dress, I absolutely love the colour it suits you so well

  • Debbie

    This turned out really lovely! Love that you used the contrasting fabric for facing and pockets – delightful detailing!

  • Marija Vujcic

    I just LOVE the baby pocket button detail!! Dress is such a simple beauty – now I want one for myself! I am so excited to be a part of this blog tour and to have found new friends on the web through this! You so inspire me to get even more back to some great garment sewing (my first love when I started sewing, back when I was about 10 years old… and before quilting took over my heart). Seriously trying to make the Spring for Cotton Challenge too!

  • Hilary Smith

    The dress looks amazing! I love it paired with your yellow cardigan πŸ™‚

  • Chantel

    You look GREAT!!!! very very pretty and pulled together. I want to be cool like you πŸ™‚